Mayor apologizes to Tamir Rice family for bill
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The city of Cleveland says a $500 bill should have never been sent to the estate of Tamir Rice.
Wednesday, a bill from the Law Director's office was submitted to Rice's medical insurance company -- stating they were responsible for a past due amount owed for the emergency medical services rendered as Tamir's last dying expense. The claim was filed under Ohio Revised Code 2117.25.
Thursday, Mayor Frank Jackson apologized saying although the billing process is routine, that bill should have never been submitted. Mayor Jackson says the bill should have been red-flagged and he will evaluate if discipline is warranted.
Subodh Chandra, Samaria Rice's attorney, released the following statement after the estate received a copy of the bill:
"The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill—its own police officers having slain 12-year-old Tamir—is breathtaking. This adds insult to homicide."
Tamir was shot Nov. 22, 2014 by Cleveland Police on Cudell Rec Center's playground in front of his school, not too far from his home. Witnesses called police when they saw him waving around a gun that looked real. When Officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann responded, they pulled up in the cruiser right next to him and shot Tamir within seconds. Tamir was holding an air soft pellet gun.
More than a year later, on Dec. 28, 2015 a grand jury handed down no indictment of Officer Loehmann or his partner Officer Garmback. County Prosecutor Tim McGinty recommended no charges.
Attorney Chandra has also submitted a letter asking the city to withdraw its claim.
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